Is Your Puppy Eating Poop? Here’s Why …

by Colleen Fernandez

in Canine Nutrition, House Training

Boston terrier intenseMany puppies go through a phase of eating their own poop. So here are some tips on how you can break your puppy of this disturbing habit while you are housetraining your Boston terrier.

It’s actually very common for dogs − mostly puppies, to develop a liking to the taste of their own poop … gross I know!

The technical term for this revolting habit is Coprophagia. Many “dog people” have studied this behavior and found it has “natural” roots. Pregnant dogs or dogs that have just given birth often eat their poop and the poop of their puppies to hide their presence from predators. Other causes of Coprohagia may be nutritional deficiencies or boredom.

When I first got my Boston Terrier, Lucy, she was chowing down on poop pretty much every chance she got. I felt the need to watch her ALL the time, 24/7 no exceptions.

But since we can’t always be there to watch our pets, there are a couple other things you can try.

  • Talk to your vet about a product called FORBID. It’s very similar to MSG; you can actually use MSG instead if you need to. Just sprinkle a little on your dog’s food at night. When your puppy uses the bathroom and tries to eat her poop, it will taste terrible to her! This should put her off eating it for good!
  • There is another OTC product called “Deter,” which works similarly to FORBID.
  • Some natural foods you may want to try are canned pineapple and spinach. These foods make your dog’s poop undesirable to her.
  • Another approach is to sprinkle some Tabasco sauce on your dog’s poop. When she tries to eat it, it will taste terrible, and she’ll eventually stop going back for more!

It may take a while to break your precious pooch of this habit, but don’t get discouraged! You should be able to succeed with patience and persistence!

Usually a month of “non-poop eating” behavior is long enough to break the habit for good. For more articles about housetraining, click here.

Have any tips of your own? Leave a comment below!



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